Experience interpretive dance in the park. Serve aces downtown. Travel to a new dimension. There’s a little bit of everything this weekend in New York City.
Thought Shakespeare’s was the only work being performed in a park? Kinesis Project will dance among the various pathways and willow trees at Riverside Park South during its newest large-scale, site-specific show, Breathing With Strangers. Friday, August 23; 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Riverside Park South (West 59th Street and Hudson River)
Find yourself a little restless after watching a few U.S. Open matches? Sign up for a quick 30-minute tennis game downtown with a friend at Brookfield’s Open Court Sessions. Stop by on Saturday to watch the annual celebrity match, with John Isner, Lucas Pouille, and two surprise guests. Friday, August 23 and Sunday, August 25–Friday, August 30; Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, 230 Vesey Street, Battery City (Celebrity Match: Saturday, August 24; 4 p.m.)
Downtown-theater junkie alert: Mac Wellman, granddaddy of the past 30 years of stage experimentation, gets his own retrospective at the Flea. Among the surreal, word-twisting works to be reenvisioned: Sincerity Forever, Bad Penny, and The Fez. Begins Saturday, August 24; Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street (between Broadway and Church Street), Tribeca
Eating & Drinking
If you’ve been searching for the perfect whiskey sour recipe—or maybe you just need an excuse to day-drink on a Sunday—join the people behind Gentleman Jack during this celebration of the cocktail’s national holiday. Sunday, August 25; 1–4 p.m.; Common Ground Bar, 63 Gansevoort Street (between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street), Meatpacking District
Storytelling, experiential art, and new-media performances collide in ZeroSpace, New York City’s own version of the Upside Down. Here’s the gist: The government is investigating a portal that leads to a new dimension, and you’ve been chosen to explore this reality. Do you dare? Through Sunday, December 29; 136 West 33rd Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Midtown